Pony Party,

Please consider reading and rating this Yahoo!News story

I know it’s early in the morning, and I know I usually fill the morning pony with something less depressing….but it is things like this that get overlooked in all of the other disconcerting (to say the least) news on the treatment of ‘the troops’….and in discussions of immigration, and the ‘path’ to citizenship…

From the article:

“There is something terribly wrong with our immigration policies if it takes death on the battlefield in order to earn citizenship,” [Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles] wrote to President Bush in April 2003. He urged the president to grant immediate citizenship to all immigrants who sign up for military service in wartime.

“They should not have to wait until they are brought home in a casket,” Mahony said.

The article discusses some of those who have earned their citizenship by dying in service.  I didn’t copy any of that…it’s early, and they were so young…and full of hope.

There are tens of thousands of foreign-born members in the U.S. armed forces. Many have been naturalized, but more than 20,000 are not U.S. citizens.

“Green card soldiers,” they are often called, and early in the war, Bush signed an executive order making them eligible to apply for citizenship as soon as they enlist. Previously, legal residents in the military had to wait three years.

Since Bush’s order, nearly 37,000 soldiers have been naturalized. And 109 who lost their lives have been granted posthumous citizenship.

So although its a heartbreaking topic, and maddening as well, I wanted to encourage the uprating of the story to assist in redefining the ‘support our troops’ meme…and because they deserve far better than they got.



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    • RiaD on March 25, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Hello, this is ria’s daughter.  I am sorry to write this in the pony party, but I dont know where else to put it, I am not a Blog person, since i have a hard enough time typing.

    Ria is in Hospital right now with breathing trouble.  (She is okay, not great, not terrible)  She asked me to come and tell everyone and to ask if someone can fill in on thursday for her pony party please

    (I hope this works, its my first attempt ever!)

    • RiaD on March 25, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks!  I will tell her, I knwo it will help her feel better to know there are so many people who love her and are thinking of her

    I am going to the grocery and then back to the hospital.

    I will try to get back online tonoght sometime

    Thanks again for all your happy thoughts, they are super-appreciated!

  1. your mom know we are ALL wishing her well and to please get

    better ASAP.  Hugs, kisses, peace and love to Ria from the

    gang at DD.  And please keep up posted… cause family does


    • H2D on March 25, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Sending my best wishes to you, your mom and your whole family…

    Get better (very!) soon, Ria…we all miss you!

    • nocatz on March 25, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Tell Ria she’s the best.  

  2. Please let Ria know that On The Bus is thinking of her too & hoping she breathes easier soon.  

  3. tonight’s Pony Party is dedicated to her (Pony Party: Hollywood Calls!). We’re sending all our collective best thoughts her way for a quick recovery!!! Thanks for letting us know.  

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